Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Report: Hemp crop insurance guarantee may see US Senate action

A guarantee about hemp crop insurance may be added to a stalled disaster-aid bill pending in the U.S. Senate. According to The Washington Post, hemp advocate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is trying to add language to the legislation to ensure hemp will be eligible for federal crop insurance. McConnell steered hemp […]

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Iowa governor signs law allowing hemp cultivation in 2020

Iowa farmers will have the option of growing industrial hemp next year under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday. The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature last month with overwhelming support. The law allows licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres. But before cultivation can begin, the Iowa […]

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‘Be at the table, or you’re on the plate’: Part 1 of a Q&A with CV Sciences exec Doug Mackay

For a CBD company looking to see its products sold alongside traditional supplements and functional foods, what better place to look than a longtime executive from the natural-products world? In late March, San Diego-based CBD manufacturer CV Sciences brought on Douglas Mackay, a naturopathic doctor and former senior vice president with the Council for Responsible […]

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Connecticut authorizes CBD in food, hemp farming

A new Connecticut hemp law that allows unlimited hemp production and the sale of foods containing CBD leaves New Hampshire as the lone New England state with no hemp program. The law signed Thursday by Gov. Ned Lamont sets up Connecticut hemp production as soon as this year. Details of the Constitution State’s hemp law […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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Federal agency: CBD not allowed in alcoholic beverages

CBD is not a permitted ingredient in alcoholic beverages under current federal guidelines, according to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The TTB, which falls under the U.S. Department of the Treasury that regulates alcoholic beverage and other industries, responded to a barrage of questions from alcohol and hemp industry members about whether […]

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Hemp industry awaits more hemp import, export guidelines

Hemp entrepreneurs are still waiting to realize the benefits of being able to import hempseed as a commodity, even as they cheer recent assurance from the federal government that change is on the way. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new guidance this month on how hemp importing will work now that federal drug […]

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Europe’s hemp definition, ‘novel foods’ designation cloud region’s potentially booming CBD market

European hemp producers and manufacturers are struggling to capitalize on the global CBD boom and compete with U.S. manufacturers as they navigate the continent’s thorny regulations – but they’re optimistic that upcoming changes will open new CBD opportunities. The hemp and CBD industry wants the European Union to change its Common Agricultural Policy, which governs food […]

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In groundbreaking move, USDA ready to protect seed-propagated hemp genetics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to protect seed-propagated hemp varieties, a landmark move that could generate numerous business opportunities for breeders of the plant. The USDA announced Wednesday that its Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is taking hemp applications because of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Intellectual-property protection for hemp genetics comes […]

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Texas House gives hemp legalization initial OK, boosting odds for commercial industry

A Texas proposal to open the nation’s second-largest state to the hemp farming boom could soon become a reality after House legislators gave the idea an important thumbs-up Tuesday. The legislation positions Texas to join at least 42 other states with legal hemp production. The measure passed without objection in a preliminary House vote, meaning […]

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Oklahoma expanding into commercial hemp production, setting transport rules

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s freshly inked signature on legislation moves hemp from a pilot project to full commercial production plan under the 2018 Farm Bill. Stitt signed the bill on April 18, with bipartisan support from state lawmakers. Rules should be in place in time to allow commercial production in 2020, according to Public Radio […]

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